Anybody know what this is?

Discussion in 'Boating' started by Mac-b, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I was on my way home from a guide trip when I saw this boat. It was 30 plus feet long, all wood and appeared to be power by a steam engine. Note in photo that there is a rectangular metal box mid ship with a stack.
     
  2. olddriller

    olddriller New Member

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    Hey Mac
    You might check with Humphrey Bogart he used to drive one like it . The African Queen I think is was.
     

  3. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    No idea of the name, but it sure is a nice looking outfit, would be a nice ride on a hot day, nice pic.
    Randy
     
  4. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Paul, I was thinking the same thing when I saw it.
     
  5. curdog

    curdog New Member

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    It does look like it has a boiler on board.
    Fuel keeps going up we will have to get something like that or a solar panel and a bunch of batteries.
     
  6. BLKCLOUD

    BLKCLOUD New Member

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    From the apparent lack of smoke, I'd say she was a sheep in wolfs clothing..I may be wrong..but its still purry neat..thanx for the pic!
     
  7. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    That's a CLASSIC,......But I don't think they had steam engines.....think they had a two cylinder gas engine....Great pic..............
     
  8. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    I wouldnt be surprised if it was a propane fired steam engine.

    There are all different types of genre boat people as there music listeners.
    Homebuilt steam engines are one of them.
     
  9. roundhill

    roundhill New Member

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    mac theirs one on the fontania about 14ft long the oner says three sticks of wood will go about 3hrs at 11mph keeps boat at fontania resort if your every in that neck of the woods check it out.
     
  10. Coyote1

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    I could very well be wrong but to me it looks like one of those inboards made back in the 50's or so and it has it's own grill on it.
    Yes, it's definitely a classic but I gotta tell ya, the LABOR involved in keeping all that Mahogany clean and pretty looking is IMMENSE! And if you have the money to pay for it, trust me, your better have several dozens of $100 bills!! And that does not include the work upkeep on the engine and it's components!
    That's my 2 cents worth.
    Fraternally,
    Coyote1
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  11. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    I believe it's one of the "Al Gore" "hot air" inverter engines.... either powered by natural methane, or in a picnch.... hot air collected from evaporators under the seats.....

    bayrunner ray
     
  12. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Mac, you have more pressing things to be concerned about.
    I've seen where Lake Champlain has evidently shipped of some of its kooks to the LKN.
    An LKN monster site has popped up on the good ol internet.
    I would go over there and report your sighting of this unidentifiable object.:big_smile: See what they have to say.
     
  13. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    You can still build a boat for and have a steam engine installed.You can get the boilers to run on wood,coal,fuel or propane.You can also use electric,gas or small diesel and build to look like steam driven.

    House bound and interested in small steam craft,I have been researching them for several years.Interesting.A couple of years ago,The Ford dealer in Effingham Co. Ga.was selling a electric boat much like the old steam launches.

    Last I read,the original old African Queen of movie fame had been restored and was located at Key Largo Florida.

    My father had worked as a young man and help build some of the Old Mahogany inboards for the wealthy in Mobile Ala.before WW 2.They "Steam bent" and formed the wood in strips according to him.A lot of labor went into building boats that way.I remember him helping someone restore one of the old "Speed Boats" us kids called them.If I remember right,that one had a Flat Head Ford V-8 in it.

    I love you Brothers and sisters.peewee
     
  14. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    i have seen an old chris craft that had lines like that, but i can find no pics of it
     
  15. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Mark J, I thought you were kidding about a LKN monster web site, but you were not. I google and found www.lakenormanmonster.com. Now I am going to be a little more careful out there on the water with a monster prowling around. Heaven forbid that one of those 100 pound Ark. blues they mentioned on their site would partake of my bait some day. That would be a heck of a test of my Abu. 6500 and Ugly Stick. :smile2:
     
  16. sneezer

    sneezer New Member

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    Was that picture taken in the Newport News /Norfolk area?
     
  17. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sneezer, the photo of the boat was taken on Lake Norman in the Piedmont section of North Carolina.
     
  18. jtrew

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    There were probably several models, but here are some pics of a scale model of a ChrisCraft barrelback speedboat.
     

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  19. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    You know, I've seen some of those barrelbacks go for a 1/4 mil.

    I'd love to build something like that from scratch just to say I built it.
    Restoring one I couldnt get into as much as I could a new build.

    Alot of those old Chris Crafts it seems are sold by the pound according to the asking and selling prices.:big_smile:
     
  20. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Mac, I figured I thought enough of you to warn you.
    I dont know what I'd worry about more on LKN. The monster or the people that believe in one enough to build a website about it.:big_smile:

    Your good fishing days are soon to be disrupted by those boats towing those big sonars and those fool documentaries made for television.

    I got a creek you can come fish in. Nothing to worry about.
    The Baptist preacher that swore on the bible he saw a lion down there got run out of the county. Atleast thats what I suspect. Nobody knows where he is. He just disappeared.